Melrose Community Development Association Inc.

Objectives and Purposes

To promote and preserve the Melrose Community, its natural environment and heritage

To prepare and realize as far as practicable, plans for the development of amenities, infrastructure, business, employment and tourism.

To establish and maintain close liaison with the local Council and other relevant bodies

To apply for grants and any other forms of assistance available

To involve and empower the whole community in attaining common goals through communication and participation.

The Melrose Community Development Association Incorporated (MCDA) was formed more than 20 years ago and is the peak body representing the Melrose community.   The association works to enhance amenities and develop community projects and events in and around Melrose for the betterment of the Melrose and surrounding community and also to promote local tourism.

Some of the successful projects/events completed under the auspices of MCDA are –

  • Melrose Town Playground with shade sail and seating
  • Erection of a Gazebo in Memorial Park.
  • Paradise Square development.
  • Tourism Information Bay development.
  • Annual Town Christmas Party with Father Christmas.
  • Sealing of Joe’s road to the Monument.
  • Lighting of the War Memorial Monument.
  • Goyder’s Line signage.
  • Signage on the toilet block near the Town Hall.
  • Toilets in Paradise Square.

Melrose is a very active and supportive community and the MCDA is always keen to hear from residents with great ideas on how we can further improve our beautiful town.

MCDA is a community run organization and we welcome new members.  Monthly meetings are held in the old RSL building on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 7.30 pm.  The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held each September.

All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend and support our community however voting is restricted to financial members.  Membership must be paid by the first day of December.

Not everyone has the time to come to meetings or to be actively involved in Melrose Community Development Associations’ projects. However, through an annual membership donation, you can help to ensure that the Melrose Community Development Association continues to be a very effective voice for the community it serves.

Contact the Secretary –

by writing to the MCDA, PO Box 3, Melrose SA  5483,

or by filling in the online contact form found here.

or message us via our Facebook.

Melrose Strawberry Fete


The Strawberry Fete holds a long history in Melrose with the original Strawberry Fete (pictured) dating back to c. 1910.    While very early information from that era is little hard to find we know in 1949 the event was originally called the Methodist Strawberry Fete and Mr. Herb Eye of Melrose, provided the strawberries for each fete. 

Early fetes involved stalls and lucky dips for the kids but the highlight of the evening was a concert where visiting artists and locals participated.  This concert was eventually managed by the Melrose Primary School students.  Information is not available how long this continued. 

The Strawberry Fete was the major fundraiser  for the Institute Committee from 1974 – 2000 where it folded for reasons unknown.

Melrose Community Development Association  revived this historical event in 2017 and profits contribute to worthy community projects as listed above.  Todays fete runs annually on the first Sunday in November from 10am – 4pm.  Still a fantastic free social occasion with a wide variety of market stalls attendees will also find competitions,  face painting, car displays and lots and lots of delicious strawberry produce!   

The Strawberry Fete Committee (a part of Melrose Community Development Association) opens stall holder registrations in September each year.


Please download our Stall Application. Forms must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the Fete.

If you have any questions please feel free to email the Strawberry Fete committee here.  The Strawberry Fete Committee can also be contacted via Melrose Strawberry Fete Facebook page.